Preliminary RCMP investigation and witness accounts indicate the southbound Alberta-registered motorcycle crossed the centre line and collided with the front of the northbound truck, which was pulling a Gooseneck livestock trailer. It is not clear whether the trailer was carrying any cargo at the time.The driver of the motorcycle, a 57 year old male, and its 48 year old female passenger, both from Sexsmith, Alberta, were declared dead at the scene. Although the driver of the pickup was uninjured, he was transported to the Dawson CreekHospital for evaluation.Dawson Creek RCMP believes a second southbound motorcycle was also involved in the incident, losing control and sliding to a stop on its side. The male and female riders were airlifted to Prince GeorgeHospital for specialized medical treatment, but their injuries are considered non-life threatening.- Advertisement -The investigation into the crash continues. RCMP will not be releasing the names of the victims.
2010 might be the Chinese Year of the Tiger but in Bangalore the cubs ruled the roost. Be it sports, acting or cooking, youngsters from all walks of life are creating waves. Simply Bangalore does a lowdown on youngsters who rocked Bangalore in 2010. Actress Aindrita RaySexy sirenAindrita Ray, 20,,2010 might be the Chinese Year of the Tiger but in Bangalore the cubs ruled the roost. Be it sports, acting or cooking, youngsters from all walks of life are creating waves. Simply Bangalore does a lowdown on youngsters who rocked Bangalore in 2010.Actress Aindrita RaySexy sirenAindrita Ray, 20, ActorThis Bengali-origin Kannada film actor was known as a bombshell much before she managed to woo the critics and the discerning audiences with a powerful performance in Manasaare last year, the role which won her three popular awards. She’s one of the hottest actors in the Kannada film industry. Single and ready to mingle? Probably not considering that she’s still new in the industry and wants to make a mark professionally before getting involved with anyone.Having lived in Bangalore for 19 years, her Bengali roots are almost rusty and she claims not to know ‘anything about Bengali cinema’. It was the little girl in the scooty commercial that caught the eye of Director Mahesh who had cast her in Meravanige and there’s been no looking back professionally. Manasaare won her the best actress award from AKKA, Suvarna as well as the Scope South award. With anasina Mathu and Januma Janumadallu in Kannada, Flat in Hindi and Sari nee ishtam in Telugu, the celebrations start on a multilingual note for Ray in 2011.Chef Manu ChandraDinner dateManu Chandra, 30, ChefIt’s not uncommon to see customers gushing at both the chef and the food at Olive Beach in Bangalore. Long before Saif Ali Khan made the profession popular or an older Amitabh Bachchan decided to don the cool chef’s hat, Bangaloreans have found the chef with the coolest glamour quotient-Manu Chandra.Trade and travel magazines on food have rated Chandra among the best talents in the food business in India and he was most recently rated the most talented young chef in the country. His college days saw Cafe Turtle in Delhi feature Manu’s specials during weekends. And it wasn’t long before he entered The Culinary Institute of America, New York. He graduated with top honours and went on to work at top kitchens around the world before returning to India to take over as Executive Chef of A D Singh’s new Olive Beach in Bangalore.Snooker and Billiards champion Pankaj AdvaniThe champPankaj Advani, 25, Snooker and Billiards championThe year didn’t start off on a great note for one of Bangalore’s best known sporting champs but it certainly ends gloriously with nothing less than a podium finish, a gold medal for Pankaj Advani, in fact the first for India, at the Asian Games in Guanghou. It wasn’t always the case of course when this 18-year-old made his debut, “No body would have bet even a paisa on me,” he says rather modestly. Advani is not one to discuss his personal life, leave alone girlfriends, and thankfully snooker and billiards players are not hounded like cricketers. Stylish without being over the top Advani’s comfortable style of a tee teamed with jeans and simple ways have made him quite the boy next door in his hometown.Actress RamyaBelle of the ballRamya, 27, ActorThe city’s best known actress, her volatile temper and her vulnerable looks have won Ramya an army of admirers. Besides Kannada cinema, she’s also done some award winning work in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. Ramya is quite the dream girl, a sports person and an animal lover with a vivacious personality her dream is to open an animal shelter and a veterinary hospital in the near future. With over 37 films in her kitty, she’s established herself as one of South India’s best known actresses. This year like most others opened on a positive note, for Ramya with her experimental film Just Math Mathalli, directed by Sudeep, received the thumbs up from all the critics, something that has been considered a bold and innovative step for the otherwise mainstream actress who has restricted herself to commercial hit films.Businessman Siddharth Mallya with Bollywood bombshell Deepika PadukoneSuper scionSiddharth Mallya, 23, BusinessmanIf there’s one youngster who has acquired rock star status in Bangalore this year, that’s 23-year-old Siddharth Mallya. After all, this lad belongs to the Billionaire’s club. Born in the United States and raised in London and the Middle East, Mallya Jr got his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from London and is currently the life and soul of Mallya’s parties. Surrounded by a bevy of babes, the scion himself seems to favour Deepika Padukone, after all they share a common team, The Royal Challengers. As to what makes Mallya Jr rock, besides his cool looks, he’s already a director at UB working on making Royal Challengers a force to reckon with in the Indian Premier League. Something that he does with great panache and the team that was down and out till last year, turned out to be the dark horse going all the way to the finals. And it goes without saying that the best after-parties were those hosted by Royal Challengers.Cricketer Robin UthappaWillow whispersRobin Uthappa, 25, CricketerIf he had listened to his mother, he would have ended up a doctor. Today, his romance is with the willow and it’s no wonder that he’s earned the nickname “The Walking Assasin” thanks to his exploits on the field. “I always wanted to be a part of the Indian cricket team ever since I can remember, and today I’m lucky to live that dream,” says he. The Indian Premier League in 2010 changed all that as he smashed 51 off 21 balls, in fact the second fastest 50 in the IPL against King XI Punjab and was the match winner for his team-Royal Challengers.advertisementadvertisement
India’s medal hopes in the Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament went up in smoke as New Zealand rode on a penalty corner hat-trick by Andrew Hayward to humiliate the title holders 7-3 in their last round-robin league match here on Thursday.India squandered the lead thrice before Hayward produced a hat-trick of drag-flicked goals to put the Black Sticks in command and spoil India’s chance of claiming a medal in the event, which they won outright in 2009 and were joint champions along with South Korea last year.By virtue of this loss, India slipped to the fifth position in the seven-team round-robin league table, which is being headed by world champions Australia, who defeated Great Britain 2-1 earlier in the day.Five-time Azlan Shah Cup winners, Australia now have 13 points from five games and are assured of a place in Sunday’s summit clash with one league match still to go against New Zealand.However, Australia’s opponent in the final will only be decided on Saturday as Great Britain, Pakistan and New Zealand all have a chance of making it to the title clash.But with nine points each in their kitty, Great Britian and Pakistan are slightly better placed than the Black Sticks.For New Zealand to qualify for the final, they will first have to beat Australia on Saturday and hope other two contenders – Great Britain and Pakistan – lose their last league matches.India’s opponent for Sunday’s classification playoffs will also be decided on Saturday.Hayward’s hat-trick of penalty corner goals came in the space of 14 minutes midway through the second session when the Indian defence again caved in under pressure.advertisementTo add to it, two speedy field goals by Blair Hilton and one strike each from Nicholas Wilson and Shay Neal gave New Zealand their biggest win ever against India.For India, Gurwinder Singh Chandi scored two field goals after S V Sunil had opened the scoring.India drew first blood in the 20th minute through an outstanding goal by Sunil, who latched on to a long diagonal ball from Ravipal Singh on top of the circle and slotted home past the onrushing goalkeeper.New Zealand equalised four minutes later when Wilson capitalised on Arun Panchia’s pass into the scoring zone.India were in front again in the 26th minute when Chandi tapped in Roshan Minz’s cross from the right corner.But New Zealand equalised six minutes later after Steven Edwards found out an unmarked Hilton inside the circle and he had all the time to turn around and shoot past onrushing Indian custodian Bharat Chetri.India went ahead for the third time in the match when Chandi another six minutes into the second half.Chandi dribbled into the scoring zone from the right flank and flicked past the goalkeeper when the defenders were expecting him to pass the ball to other strikers inside the circle.But drag-flicker Hayward then produced a three-goal burst that startled the Indian defence, converting penalty corners in the 44th, 53rd and 57th minutes to give the Black Sticks a 5-3 lead.A terrible defensive lapse by Dhananjay Mahadik in the 58th minute saw him lose a back-pass inside the scoring zone to Neal, who duly slotted the ball into the boards.Hilton then rounded off the scoring for New Zealand with a flash strike in the 63rd minute.In an earlier match, world champions Australia defeated Great Britain 2-1 in their penultimate round-robin league match to enter the final.Australia, who in 2010 became the first team to win the World Cup, Champions Trophy and Commonwealth Games in the same year, opened the scoring through a penalty corner conversion by Brent Dancer in the eighth minute.Christopher Ciriello then scored in the 29th minute to see Australia go into the breather with a 2-0 lead.Great Britain, however, reduced the margin in the 57th minute when drag-flicker Richard Mantell converted a penalty corner.- With PTI inputs